Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 3/8/13
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Photo Credit: Raiders.com The Oakland Raiders continued to create more salary cap space, saving more than $5 million by restructuring Tyvon Branch‘s contract on Thursday, per Pro Football Talk.  The Raiders reduced the strong safety’s $6 million base salary to $715,000 for the upcoming season, while the team tacked on two seasons to the four-year contract Branch signed in 2012. Branch, 26, is now scheduled to earn $6.5 million in 2016 and 2017 and his salaries for 2014 and 2015 remain unaffected.  The 6-0, 210-pound former fourth-round selection (No. 100 overall out of Connecticut has played in 70 games (62 starts) and registered a total of 441 tackles, 6.0 sacks, four interceptions and three forced fumbles in five seasons. In addition to giving Branch a long-term deal, the team also freed up over $2 million earlier this week by restructuring the contract of right guard Mike Brisiel.  Quarterback Carson Palmer, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and free...
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